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Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Social Network (Aaron Sorkin, Ben Mezrich)

This film, directed by David Fincher, is about the founding of the Internet Social Networking website Facebook and the resulting lawsuits. It was adapted
from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book called "The Accidental Billionaires".
In 2003, Harvard University student Mark Zuckerberg had the idea to create a website to rate the attractiveness of female Harvard undergraduates after his girlfriend Erica Albright had dumped him. Mark hacked into the databases of various residence halls, downloaded pictures and names of female students and, in a few hours, using an algorithm for ranking chess players supplied by his best friend Eduardo Saverin, he created a website called "FaceMash", where male students were given the opportunity to choose which of two girls presented at a time was more attractive.
Mark was punished with six months of academic probation after the traffic to the site brought down parts of Harvard's network, and became a villain according to most of Harvard's female community. However, the popularity of "FaceMash" and the fact that he created it in one night, while drunk, brought him to the attention of Cameron Winklevoss and Tyler Winklevoss, identical twins and members of Harvard's rowing team, and their business partner Divya Narendra. As a result, he was offered a job working for the Winklevoss twins as the programmer of their website, Harvard Connection.
Soon afterwards, Mark approached his friend Eduardo and told him of his idea for "Thefacebook", an online social networking website exclusive to Harvard University students.

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Rooney Mara, Joseph Mazzello, Andrew Garfield, Rashida Jones, Justin Timberlake

Why I loved this film: The story is really interesting, there are quite a few facts I did not know about the whole structure behind Facebook. The actors did a really good job and I feel like I learnt something, never mind if some facts were exaggerated, as the founder of Facebook has said in interviews relating to the book, and as the lead character says in the movie.

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